Each year, Merry Lea hosts programs for homeschooled students covering a range of natural history and environmental topics. During homeschool programs, students spend a significant portion of time outdoors to take advantage of Merry Lea’s wonderfully diverse landscapes. Students are grouped by age for trail explorations to provide age appropriate instruction.

 

Merry Lea provides two homeschool program formats:

Additionally, any of our standard field trips are available as a homeschool co-op program as well. Contact us for more information.

Homeschool Series Program Options

Please see our Homeschool Program Policies – COVID19 Update for the latest information regarding safety modifications. Registration will be limited to 20 students each day. Masks will be required.

Herp, Herp, Hooray

Students will learn about native reptile and amphibian species at Merry Lea. They will have the opportunity to observe these animals in their habitats.

Dates: Thursday, September 17th and Friday, September 18th

Dirty Secrets

Students will explore the life that exists in the leaf litter, soil, and wetland bottom- macroinvertebrates, fungi, plant root systems, burrowing mammals, herptiles, and more!

Dates: Thursday, October 15th and Friday, October 16th

Trees are Terrific

The marvelous world of trees is diverse in function, characteristics, and uses. Students explore trees’ anatomy and physiology, life cycles, identifications, and roles within different ecosystems. Examine leaves, seeds, buds and more as students hike among the trees, compare and contrast living tree examples, and participate in trail-based activities designed to spark curiosity and learning – all about trees!

Dates: Thursday, November 5th and Friday, November 6th

Feathered Frenzy

Answer questions about birds, their seasonal adaptations and behaviors! Students will inspect mounts, examine feathers, explore flight, and make nests. Outdoors, students will learn correct use of binoculars and use them to observe and identify birds in a variety of habitats.

Dates: Thursday, January 21st and Friday, January 22nd

Art and Nature

Students will have the opportunity to discover that art is all around them – even outside! They will make crafts and spend time exploring the colors, textures, and shapes of nature.

Dates: Thursday, April 22nd and Friday, April 23rd

Owl Pellet Palooza

What do owls eat? How can you find out? Students will get the chance to discover more about owls and dissect an owl pellet to learn more about their diet and how they survive.

Dates: Wednesday, May 19th and Thursday, May 20th

All offerings are aligned to Indiana Academic Standards, and are designed to support your student’s academic and outdoor learning. Please review our Scheduling Policies page with any questions about scheduling a program and to register.

Homeschool Habitat Hikes Options

Merry Lea is introducing a new program this fall! The Merry Lea Homeschool Habitat Hike program is a great way to get your child(ren) outside exploring. Each session will take place at a different ecosystem at Merry Lea and is focused on open-ended, inquiry-based exploration.

Please see our Homeschool Program Policies – COVID19 Update for the latest information regarding safety modifications. Registration will be limited to 20 students each day. Masks will be required.

Habitat Hike Fall Schedule

  • September 16th: Wetlands at the Farmstead
  • September 23rd: Oak Savanna at Luckey’s Landing
  • September 30th: Merry Lea Sustainable Farm
  • October 7th: Wetlands at the Learning Center
  • October 14th: Forests at the Farmstead
  • October 21st: Prairies at the Farmstead
  • October 28th: Prairies at the Learning Center
  • November 4th: Forests at the Learning Center

Lunch is not provided or supervised by Merry Lea but you are welcome to stay after the program and enjoy a picnic lunch.

All offerings are aligned to Indiana Academic Standards, and are designed to support your student’s academic and outdoor learning. Please review our Scheduling Policies page with any questions about scheduling a program and to register.